Christmas Eve | Monday, December 24, 2018
When I got out of work early on Christmas Eve it looked like the winter storm that had been around all day was finally starting to clear out, and I thought it might be a good opportunity to photograph a nice sunset. I stopped home quickly to grab my camera and then headed up to the Colorado National Monument to see if I could get a few photos. Unfortunately, there was a thick bank of low clouds hovering right over the Monument and I never got the light that I was hoping for. I waited around for a while hoping the clouds would clear before sunset, but they never did, so I ended up not taking many photos. I’ll share the few photos I did take below.
While the clouds were blocking the light in the canyons below me, the light was shining nicely on the clouds that were shrouding the Book Cliffs on the other side of the Grand Valley, so I took out my long lens for a few shots from the Distant View overlook. The high peak in this scene is Corcoran Peak (8,076), which I climbed last year.
The mix of snow, clouds, and evening light was pretty nice.
Here’s a view over Window Rock and Fruita to the distant Book Cliffs.
Following Rim Rock Drive under low clouds to the Independence Monument Overlook and Grand View.
Independence Monument on Christmas Eve
One last view of the Grand Valley as I started driving back home for the night.